6th-12th May 2019 is the UN Road Safety Week
There is an action plan to support the ongoing campaign: SaveLives - #SpeakUp; a week-long activities focusing on bringing awareness for road safety.
This year, the focus is on leadership for road safety. It is widely acknowledged within UN family, and humanitarian community, that stronger leadership for road safety is needed to achieve the SDG Goals. SDGs focus on end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. A specific stand-alone target (3.6) in the Health Goal to reduce road traffic fatalities was adopted: "By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents."
The #SpeakUp campaign provides an opportunity for civil society to generate demands for strong leadership for road safety, especially around concrete, evidence-based interventions which will save lives. It will also inspire leaders to take action by showcasing strong leadership for road safety within governments, international agencies, NGOs, foundations, schools and universities and private companies.
CRASHES ARE PREVENTABLE
1. Road Safety is EVERYONE’S priority
2. UN staff to adopt key LIFE-SAVING behaviours:
- Always wear seat belts
- Do not use mobile phones when driving
- Do not drink and drive
- Do not over-speed –and don’t ask drivers to do so
- Get training and advice from the experts
3. COMMITMENT is key
• Personal commitment & Leadership commitment